459 cars break Guinness record for longest Mazda MX-5 parade

Nearly double the previous record
Sep 21, 2010
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The Guinness Book of World Records officially recognized the recent gathering of over 400 units of Mazda MX-5 in Germany as the “longest continuous MX-5 parade of all time.”

“The excitement leading up to this event was amazing,” said Jeff Guyton, president and chief executive of Mazda Motor Europe. “Over 600 MX-5 owners applied to take part; so many that we didn’t have room for them all because of technical reasons. The event, the parade, the many visitors--Mazda MX-5 showed today why it’s still one of the best-loved sports cars on the planet.”

A total of 459 units of the MX-5 made it during the event at the UNESCO Zollverein World Heritage site in Essen, Germany on September 18.

MX-5s from 17 countries took part in breaking the world record with the biggest number of participants coming from Germany. A handful of special awards were given out to some of the participating cars. An MX-5 from Moscow was recognized as having traveled the farthest distance at 2,800 kilometers while a 21-year old first-generation model from Prague was recognized as the oldest. An MX-5 with the highest recorded mileage of 344,624 kilometers came from Switzerland.

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The 459 MX-5s is nearly double of the former world record of 249 vehicles set in New Zealand in October 2005.

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The recent gathering also generated funds for the SOS Children’s Villages as the last seats to join the MX-5 world record parade were auctioned on eBay. The auction raised €1,300, which Mazda Germany hiked to €3,000 for the SOS Children’s Villages.

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